GeekWire Elevator Pitch winner Syndio rides high with a software solution to address pay bias

Twelve entrepreneurs rode to the top of Seattle’s Smith Tower for Season 2 of GeekWire’s Elevator Pitch. One of them kept going beyond that historic skyscraper elevator ride, all the way to victory at the 2019 GeekWire Summit on Wednesday.

The four finalists from four episodes of Elevator Pitch — in which business concepts were pitched in a 32-second elevator ride — emerged from a season featuring ideas related to agriculture, transportation, AI, IoT connectivity and more. They pitched once again, this time on stage in front of hundreds of Summit attendees at the Hyatt Regency. The entrepreneurs included:

  • Greg Newbloom, CEO of Membrion Membrion, a University of Washington spinout that makes ion membranes for use in fuel cells and water desalination systems.

  • Keith McCall, founder and CTO of Pollen Systems Pollen Systems, creators of agriculture and drone technology for the wine industry.

  • Maria Colacurcio, CEO of Syndio Solutions, creators of a software solution to address discriminatory pay gaps.

  • Jinesh Varia, CEO ofIndustrility, a startup focused on IoT technology solutions for industrial original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Colacurcio and her Syndio pitch managed to impress our panel of judges once again and take the title this year. Her pitch also won the Geek’s Choice award after live voting by the audience in the Summit app.

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Willis Towers Watson and Syndio join forces on a pay equity solution

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Willis Towers Watson (WLTW), a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company, today announced it has entered into an agreement with Syndio, a leading HR analytics platform company with a mission to eradicate pay disparities.

The two companies will create a unique solution — combining Willis Towers Watson’s expertise in human capital advisory, data and software services with Syndio’s technology based on vetted methodology — to better enable organizations to address issues related to pay equity and fair pay.

“Pay gaps are one of the critical challenges that organizations and their HR functions face today,” said Mark Reid, leader, Global Rewards, Willis Towers Watson. “We’re excited that our collaboration with Syndio can help eradicate workplace pay disparities, leading to higher retention rates, a stronger corporate culture and greater profitability.”

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Sensydia Appoints Anthony Arnold as President and Chief Executive Officer

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sensydia Corporation, an innovator in rapid, non-invasive measurement of critical cardiac function, announced that industry leader Anthony Arnold has been appointed as chief executive officer and president and joins the Board of Directors. Arnold is a pioneer in bioelectronic medicine and surgical navigation and brings more than 20 years of leadership experience from a range of medical technology companies including Smith+Nephew, Medtronic, Boston Scientific and SetPoint Medical.

“Anthony’s appointment comes at an exciting time for Sensydia, as the company builds on its lead product, the FDA-approved Cardiac Performance System (CPS™), to strengthen and expand its technical capabilities and clinical applications,” said Aman Mahajan, MD, PhD, founder and chief medical officer of Sensydia. “Anthony’s expertise and leadership in the medtech field will help position Sensydia and advance its innovative technology to commercialization.”

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GeekWire Elevator Pitch Ep. 4: CEOs using AI and machine learning make their case in 32 seconds

It’s the last ride to the top for season two of GeekWire’s Elevator Pitch, the show where entrepreneurs use a 32-second ride inside Seattle’s historic Smith Tower to pitch their business concepts.

In this final episode, watch as three startup CEOs make the case for why they have the best solution to solve issues using artificial intelligence and machine learning. Our panel of judges, waiting at the top of the skyscraper, will put them to the test with tough questions. Who will emerge victorious?

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Amava Announces the First Unified Platform for a New Generation of Empty-Nesters and Retirees to Discover Their Next

SAN MATEO, Calif., Sept. 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Amava announces the launch of its unified platform connecting a new generation of retirees and empty-nesters with select socially engaging experiences, life stage-focused services and each other. Amava empowers individuals to make successful transitions to purposeful and engaged post-career, post-parenting lives — essential ingredients to health and longevity.

“We focus first on social engagement because, according to research, it can be more critical to wellness than genes, nutrition or fitness routines,” said Mark Silverman, CEO of Amava. “Of course, it’s typically where we get the most joy in life as well.”

More than 10,000 people a day in the US are leaving their full-time careers and today’s 70M+ Baby Boomers face distinct challenges as they navigate their 30+ post-career years. While independence and increased longevity promise new horizons, they also require additional demands--from new connections to financial stability to demands for insurance, caregiving, financial management, living accommodations, health and wellness. Though they control over $60 trillion in net assets, more than half of Boomers will need to augment their retirement savings with additional income to maintain their lifestyles. Amava presents options to help members navigate this new phase.

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